Rafael Alejandro Calzada Arciniega
I studied biology in the Facultad de Estudios Superiores Iztacala, UNAM. I am interested in the ecology, taxonomy, and conservation of amphibians and reptiles. I am particularly interested in Mexican salamanders. I have nine years of experience working with herps. In 2016 I carried on a conservation project with the Granular Salamander (Ambystoma granulosum) as a fellow of the Zoological Society of London under the EDGE of Existence program. I have taken three international courses focused on biodiversity conservation. I participated in four projects founded by the National Commission of Protected Areas as a collaboration of local NGO's and researchers. At present, I am collaborating in some projects about taxonomy and vulnerability due to climate change of amphibians and reptiles in the state of Oaxaca. In 2018 I got a grant awarded by The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund to develop a project with the Southern Gian Salamander (Isthmura maxima), which is an endangered salamander endemic to the Sierra Madre del Sur. Recently, I collaborated in the description of a new species of frog Charadrahyla sakbah. I am currently working with this species, to obtain basic ecological data. In the LECFS I am working developing conservation strategies for threatened Mexican salamanders. We are especially interested in the species with occurrence in the State of México.